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State v. Jones

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Sixth District, Sandusky

May 25, 2018

State of Ohio Appellee
v.
Tadara D. Jones Appellant

          Trial Court No. 15 CR 1041

          Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, and Christopher L. Kinsler, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.

          Nathan T. Oswald, for appellant.

          DECISION AND JUDGMENT

          SINGER, J.

         {¶ 1} This case is before the court on the appeal of appellant, Tadara Jones, from the September 27, 2016 judgment of the Sandusky County Court of Common Pleas. The state has conceded error. For the reasons that follow, we reverse the judgment of the trial court and remand the matter for resentencing.

         {¶ 2} Appellant sets forth two assignments of error:

I. The trial court erred when it failed to personally address Mr. Jones and give him a chance to speak before sentencing.
II. The trial court erred when it imposed consecutive sentences without making the findings required by R.C. 2929.14.

         Facts

         {¶ 3} On October 27, 2015, appellant was charged by indictment with various offenses, including two counts of trafficking in cocaine. Appellant was arraigned and pled not guilty.

         {¶ 4} On July 12, 2016, the matter was called for trial. Appellant entered pleas of guilty to two counts of trafficking in cocaine, in violation of R.C. 2925.03(A)(2), felonies of the fourth degree. In exchange for the plea, the state agreed to dismiss the other charges. The trial court accepted the plea and found appellant guilty.

         {¶ 5} On September 26, 2016, appellant was sentenced to 18 months in prison on each charge, to be served consecutively, for a total of 36 months of incarceration. Appellant appealed.

         First Assignment of Error

         {¶ 6} Appellant contends the trial court erred when the court failed to personally address appellant before ...


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